‘Skinny’ Is In

By Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID; CMG

Skinny Carpet - floortalk.wfca.orgNone of us like to hear that “skinny is in”, but this time it’s not a judgmental proclamation. I am referring to carpet that is manufactured into skinny planks. In particular, Interface Mills’ extensive collections of skinny planks allow you to be your own designer. Create the geometry that pleases you because The Skinny Planks’ scale and directionality gives you an expanded range of design options.

25cm x 1m planks can be used in conjunction with Interface carpet tiles to create something totally individual. If you would like more information, or to see some of the pattern choices Interface offers, be sure to visit Interface.com and download their brochure. The gallery of installations they show is inspiring, and gives so much more design flexibility than working with just carpet tiles. There are even patterns that mimic hardwoods and luxury vinyl planks, so you get the look of wood, but the softness underfoot that carpet provides.

This picture is a great example of mixing and positioning planks with carpet tile. The mix of colors and textures adds some great dimension to the floor design, and I guarantee you are not likely to see this repeated anywhere else. Great for home or office—let your imagination be your guide.

Flooring From Milan Design Week

By Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID; CMG

I have been voraciously reading all the trend and product press releases coming out of Milan Design Week.  Right now, all eyes are on Milan as the city debuts the brightest ideas in design. In recent years I have traveled to Milan, and it is accurate to say this city has earned the title fashion/design metropolis of the world! As you walk the streets through the design district, high fashion is everywhere you look.  There are treasures to discover—mostly sublime, but a few rather bizarre and hard to explain.  But that is the nature of design—to push the limits of creativity.

I can feature only a few product highlights in this blog, but can share with you a wonderful website where you can see a full spectrum of the products featured in Milan. If you want to take a visual tour of the Design Show (one that includes tableware, light fixtures, artwork, furniture, floor coverings, textiles, jewelry, case goods and so much more, visit www.yatzer.com (best-of-Milan-design-week-2014).  This website truly captured the colorful excitement and energy of Milan.

Area rugs are elevated to the ranks of fine art in Milan. And I have two discoveries to share with you (see pictures A & B):

Picture_A_300 Picture A – The Spacecrafted rug collection by Jan Kath. Presented by COVER Magazine at the EDIT show by designjunction at Palazzo Morando in Milan.
Picture_B_-_The_Showdown_300 Picture B – The Showdown by Ward van Gemert and Adriaan van der Ploeg (NIGHTSHOP). A handmade carpet made of soft urethane foam!!!
Picture C – Salvatori Stone Innovations – Salvatori Stone Innovations’ Lithoverde® claimed an Honorary Mention at the award ceremony for the ADI Compasso d’Oro. Lithoverde is made entirely from recycled stone. It represents a major evolution in terms of sustainability in the stone industry which traditionally sees a vast amount of stone being discarded during the cutting process. Salvatori utilizes the stone waste, employing a new technology that binds multiple offcuts together with a natural resin. The resulting blocks each become a unique composition of color and pattern, suitable for most surface applications. In the picture featured in this blog, you see a flooring installation as well as wall and counter applications. The stone can also be used in furniture fabrication.

I know this is all too brief, so please do visit the recommended website.  I hope you enjoy this virtual vacation to Milan Design Week.  What a great way to experience Milan in 30 minutes or less.